UN in ‘run­away cli­mate’ warn­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

The sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the UN has warned the world is fac­ing “a di­rect ex­is­ten­tial threat” and must rapidly shift from de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els by 2020 to pre­vent “run­away cli­mate change”.

An­to­nio Guter­res called the cri­sis ur­gent and crit­i­cised the lack of global lead­er­ship to ad­dress global warm­ing.

“Cli­mate change is mov­ing faster than we are,” Mr Guter­res said.

“We need to put the brake on deadly green­house gas emis­sions and drive cli­mate ac­tion.”

He said peo­ple ev­ery­where are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing record­break­ing tem­per­a­tures, and ex­treme heat­waves, wild­fires, storms and floods “are leav­ing a trail of death and dev­as­ta­tion”.

He pointed to Ker­ala, In­dia’s worst mon­soon flood­ing in re­cent his­tory, al­most 3,000 deaths from Hur­ri­cane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, dis­ap­pear­ing Arc­tic sea ice, some wild­fires so big they send ash around the world, oceans be­com­ing more acidic threat­en­ing food chains, and high car­bon diox­ide lev­els in the at­mos­phere threat­en­ing food se­cu­rity for bil­lions of peo­ple.

Mr Guter­res said sci­en­tists have been warn­ing about global warm­ing for decades, but “far too many lead­ers have re­fused to lis­ten – far too few have acted with the vi­sion the sci­ence de­mands”.

“We need to rapidly shift away from our de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els,” he said.

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